Coach Vimal Kumar backs Saina Nehwal to regain touch despite 1st round exit

"I was tensed due to one key reason that how her right knee would behave in the match. She has still been undergoing rehab programme under our physiotherapist Arvind Nigam."

Written by: Sujata Sarkar
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Bengaluru, Nov 17: Badminton coach Vimal Kumar's world have not been probably so tensed in recent times. Since Tuesday night (November 15) he was getting anxious. The reason was that how his student, after two and half months' time off would feature in her comeback match in China.

Saina loses in China

Saina Nehwal has not been able to win. She has crashed out of the China Super Series Grand Prix Championship, losing in the first round. Still Vimal was happy with his student's performance.

Saina Nehwal

Speaking on Wednesday (November 16) from Bengaluru, Vimal said, "I was tensed due to one key reason that how her right knee would behave in the match. She has still been undergoing rehab programme under our physiotherapist Arvind Nigam. And she also has not reached the hundred percent of her endurance. So I was scared that how she would overcome these hurdles and deliver as it is always tough to settle in the best level of the game with such stiffness and hurdles."

Vimal is happy to have watched Saina's comeback after Rio Olympics. Wednesday was the first day Saina participated in a competitive tournament which is also a ranking tournament.

And Vimal, analysing her game, said, "The most important thing I observed that she was able to move freely. She looked excellent in her movement in all her three games. Her right knee which had to undergo operation and forced her to be out of the game for two and half months was frequently moving almost as before. Thanks to Arvind for his brilliant effort."

The second significant part her coach had observed was Saina’s tremendous determination as before.

Vimal added, "She was trailing 4-11 in the second game. And from there she won the game. She looked little tired in the beginning of the third game. I could understand that due to lack of proper endurance she became tired. But she has created a lot of hope among us that she will regain her touch and it will not take much time."

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